Friday, May 25, 2018

Pasco School District is Closed Memorial Day

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 25, 2018) – Pasco County district schools and offices will be closed Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day. 

District schools and offices will re-open on Tuesday, May 29, for employees.  Today is the last day of school for students.

Wayne Bertsch will be acting PIO. He can be reached at 850-251-1835 (voice or text) or by email jbertsch@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Airman to Surprise Sister at Promotion Ceremony

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 23, 2018) – Weightman Middle School 8th grader Mayah Jaramillo likely will never forget her 8th grade promotion ceremony, scheduled for Friday, May 25, at 9 a.m. Her brother, Air Force Airman E-2 Joel Jaramillo, is taking the redeye from Nevada to surprise her (and their dad) by joining her on stage when her name is called.

Mayah hasn’t seen Joel, who is a 2015 Wiregrass Ranch High School graduate, all school year.  The last time she did was when he completed basic training last August (see photo).  For the previous three years, he drove Mayah to school on the first day, but this year, she had to ride with her mom (See photo).

Joel’s flight is scheduled to arrive in Tampa around 7 a.m., and a friend is picking him up and bringing him to the school.  A school administrator will accompany him to the Wesley Chapel Center for Performing Arts (next door), where he will sneak in through the back door and surprise Mayah.

Mayah’s mom and Assistant Principal Andressa Williams have been secretly planning the surprise.

The Wesley Chapel Center for Performing Arts is located at 30651 Wells Road in Wesley Chapel.  Media should park in the lot in front of the Wesley Chapel High School administrative offices, which is on the west side of the performing arts center.

 

Pasco 3rd Grade FSA ELA Highlights (CORRECTION)

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 25, 2018) – Every Pasco eSchool 3rd grader scored a 3 or higher (considered proficient) on the Florida Standards Assessment reading exam, Sanders Memorial Elementary and Plato Academy scored 89 percent of students scoring a 3 or higher to lead all Pasco brick and mortar schools. First-year school Bexley Elementary School scored with 80 percent of its third graders scoring a 3 or higher. Fox Hollow Elementary showed the most improvement, moving up 13 percentage points, from 27 percent proficient to 40 percent proficient.

Imagine improved 12 percentage points (72 percent to 84 percent). Hudson and Trinity Oaks elementary schools both improved 8 percentage points (33 percent to 41 percent and 72 percent to 80 percent, respectively). Dayspring improved by 7 percentage points (70 percent to 77 percent), and Centennial, Odessa, and Seven Oaks each improved by 6 percentage points (46 percent to 52 percent and 79 percent to 85 percent, 75 percent to 81 percent, respectively).

Altogether, 16 out of the 48 Pasco traditional elementary schools with scores last year (33 percent) improved the percentage of students considered proficient or maintained the percentage from last year. Twenty-two percent (two out of nine) of Pasco’s charter schools with scores showed improvement in the percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher.

Overall, Pasco’s 57 percent average of students scoring a 3 or higher was the same as the state.

Airman to Surprise Sister at Promotion Ceremony

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 23, 2018) – Weightman Middle School 8th grader Mayah Jaramillo likely will never forget her 8th grade promotion ceremony, scheduled for Friday, May 25, at 9 a.m. Her brother, Air Force Airman E-2 Joel Jaramillo, is taking the redeye from Nevada to surprise her (and their dad) by joining her on stage when her name is called.

Mayah hasn’t seen Joel, who is a 2015 Wiregrass Ranch High School graduate, all school year.  The last time she did was when he completed basic training last August (see photo).  For the previous three years, he drove Mayah to school on the first day, but this year, she had to ride with her mom (See photo).

Joel’s flight is scheduled to arrive in Tampa around 7 a.m., and a friend is picking him up and bringing him to the school.  A school administrator will accompany him to the Wesley Chapel Center for Performing Arts (next door), where he will sneak in through the back door and surprise Mayah.

Mayah’s mom and Assistant Principal Andressa Williams have been secretly planning the surprise.

The Wesley Chapel Center for Performing Arts is located at 30651 Wells Road in Wesley Chapel.  Media should park in the lot in front of the Wesley Chapel High School administrative offices, which is on the west side of the performing arts center.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Pasco Sun Dome Graduations Will Involve Enhanced Security; Families Should Plan for Extra Time

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 23, 2018) – This year, the USF Sun Dome will employ enhanced security measures for Pasco County Schools high school graduations.

Family members and friends attending graduations at the Sun Dome should plan to arrive early to build in time for the following security measures, so they don’t miss any of the commencement ceremonies:

  • Sun Dome staff will use hand-held metal detector wands on all guests prior to entrance into the facility.
  • All purses and bags will be searched.
  • No backpacks will be permitted in the Sun Dome.
  • If guests want to bring cameras or binoculars, they may not be in cases; cases should be left in vehicles.

These safety precautions are new Sun Dome requirements designed to enhance the security of our graduates, their families, and school personnel. Pasco County Schools supports all efforts designed to increase the safety of our students, staff, and families.

Below is the schedule for 2018 graduations at the Sun Dome:

Thursday, May 24
4 p.m. – Wiregrass Ranch
8 p.m. – Zephyrhills

Friday, May 25
4 p.m. – Land O’ Lakes
8 p.m. – Wesley Chapel

Saturday, May 26
9 a.m. – Fivay
12:30 p.m. – Anclote
4 p.m. – Hudson
7:30 p.m. – River Ridge

Sunday, May 27
2 p.m. – Sunlake
6 p.m. – JW Mitchell

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